This is one of my favorite pictures of the Holy Family and I think it is very appropriate for today's feast, Joseph the Worker.
During pregnancy, childbirth and then nursing, Mr. Pete stepped in many times to fulfill his role as worker, but then also to allow me to fulfill my role as mother.
I think that is why on the first day of May, a month where we honor Mary, we give a nod to St. Joseph. And that's as it should be. Joseph, blessed spouse and beloved foster father made it easier for Mary to fulfill her role as mother and homemaker. His work as a carpenter sustained the family.
I think I like this picture also because it looks real- Mary has the bleary eyed look of a new nursing mother, and St. Joseph is perspiring and working hard on his carpentry project.
What a wonderful feast in the liturgical year and a good day to remember the husbands and fathers in our own little domestic churches.
See my St. Joseph links on del.icio.us